Purdue University Purdue Memorial Union Purdue Student Union Board

2014 Homecoming

Stay Gold 

People, Places, and Events in Purdue's History 

Homecoming is Saturday, September 27, 2014.

2014 Homecoming Court

Queen Candidates

Rachel Borsa

Rachel Borsa
Major(s)
Professional Flight
Hometown
Erie, PA
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue Air Race Team, Captain and President
  • Aviation Technology Student Council, President
  • Delta Gamma Fraternity, Vice President of Finance
  • Delta Gamma Fraternity, Director of Lectureship
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Supervisor
  • Purdue Panhellenic Association, Gamma Chi
  • Purdue Airport, Certified Flight Instructor
  • Aviation Technology Library, Library Assistant
  • Boeing IT Intern, Project Management Specialist
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Member
Scholarships
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • Jason Dahl Scholarship
  • ISTAT Foundation Scholarship
  • Purdue Class of 1937 Scholarship
  • Julia Anne Swengel Memorial Fund
  • Charles Holleman Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Delta Gamma Foundation Scholarship

Jeneé Christensen

Jeneé Christensen
Major(s)
Civil Engineering
Hometown
Beavercreek, OH
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Air Force ROTC, Air Force Association Cadet of the Year (Northeast Region)
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Treasurer
  • Purdue Engineering Student Council, Engineering Relations Committee Head
  • Women in Engineering Program, Leadership Team Member
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, Junior Board Member
  • Purdue Navigators, Bible Study Leader
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Member
  • Civil Engineering Ambassador
  • Purdue University Honors Program, Member
  • President’s Leadership Class
Scholarships
  • Air Force ROTC Type 1 Scholarship
  • Purdue Trustees Scholarship
  • Stamps Leadership Scholarship
  • Neil A. Armstrong Scholarship
  • Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship
  • Butt Construction Scholarship
  • Emily Wadsworth Undergraduate Mentoring Award
  • Women in Engineering Program Merit Award
  • Beavercreek Music Parents Association Scholarship

Allison Grana

Allison Grana
Major(s)
Pharmacy
Hometown
Columbus, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Vice President Intellectual Development
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Supervisor and Check-In Coordinator
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Public Relations Committee
  • College Mentors for Kids, Student Mentor
  • American Pharmacists Association, Community Projects Committee
  • Purdue Study Abroad, Student Ambassador
  • Marsh Pharmacy Volunteer, Pharmacy Technician Volunteer
  • Winterization Community Service Day, Student Volunteer
Scholarships
  • Purdue University Alumni Club of Bartholomew County
  • August Hook Scholarship
  • William M Keller Scholarship
  • Tri Kappa Tau Active Chapter Scholarship

Joan M. Jordan

Joan M. Jordan
Major(s)
Agribusiness
Hometown
Richmond, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • AGEC 331, Teaching Assistant
  • Purdue Student Government, Director of Government Relations
  • Elections Committee, Director of Marketing
  • Agricultural Futures of America, Participant
  • Zeta Tau Alpha, Executive Council & Student Lobbyist in Washington D.C.
  • Recruitment committee, Director of Preference Round
  • Big Man on Campus, Coach for Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • College Republicans, Vice President of Programming
  • Fraternal Governmental Relations Coalition, Congressional Delegate
  • Italy Maymester
Scholarships
  • Purdue Grand Prix Scholarship
  • Farm Credit Scholarship
  • Marshall A Martin Public Policy Scholarship
  • Rex Hall Memorial Scholarship
  • Jim Hicks Scholarship
  • Purdue University Presidential Scholar
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Scholarship
  • Agricultural Futures of America Participant
  • Wayne County Foundation Scholarship
  • Wayne County 4-H Committee Scholarship
  • Farm Bureau Inc. Scholarship
  • Red Devil Pride Scholarship

Brittany Mihalec-Adkins

Brittany Mihalec-Adkins
Major(s)
Psychology / Law and Society
Hometown
Fort Wayne, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue University PSI CHI Honors Society, President
  • Purdue Student Government, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Diversikey Diversity Leadership Program, Project L.E.A.D. Mentor
  • Purdue Promise, First-Year Course Teaching Assistant and Mentor
  • Purdue University Honors College
  • Research Focused Honors Program, Undergraduate Thesis Participant
  • PSY 390: Research Experience in Psychology, Research Assistant
  • INSPIRE Research Institute (Engineering Education), Research Assistant
  • University Residences, Social Justice and Inclusion Intern
  • Service Spring Break, Volunteer
  • Diversikey Fall Break Trip
  • Study Abroad, Amsterdam
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, Junior Board Member
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Member
Scholarships
  • Purdue Promise
  • Athena Award
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Meg Nowaczyk

Meg Nowaczyk
Major(s)
Nursing
Hometown
Munster, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Chi Omega, Director of Campus Activities
  • Purdue University Dance Team, Member and Secretary
  • Nursing Student Council, Member
  • BADGES Committee, Member
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Director of Campus Outreach
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Leader
  • Study Abroad, Health Care and Nutrition in Costa Rica
Scholarships
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship

Kelsey Quin

Kelsey Quin
Major(s)
Health Sciences
Hometown
Peru, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Division of Recreational Sports Advisory Board, Member
  • Purdue University Board of Trustees, Student Trustee
  • Cancer Prevention Internship Program, Intern
  • College of Health and Human Sciences, Mentor
  • College of Health and Human Sciences, Ambassador
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Vice President
  • Leadership Engagement Experience Advisory Board, Member
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Teacher’s Assistant
  • Applied Leadership, Grader
  • Purdue Student Government, Cabinet Member
  • President’s Leadership Class, President
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon, Finisher
Scholarships
  • Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana 2011 Scholarship
  • Distinguished Young Woman Interview 2011 Scholarship
  • Miami County Junior Miss 2011 Scholarship
  • Peru Tiger Pride Scholarship
  • Cecilia Miller Scholarship
  • Peru Amateur Circus Scholarship
  • President’s Leadership Class Sophomore Advisor Scholarship
  • American Veterans Patriot Essay Scholarship
  • Indiana Elk’s Scholarship
  • Cancer Prevention Internship Program Scholarship

King Candidates

Jason Carey

Jason Carey
Major(s)
Agribusiness Management
Hometown
Rockport, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue University Spirit Squad, Mascot
  • Purdue Professional Sales and Marketing Association, Fundraising Chair
  • Purdue Agribusiness Club, Ag Week Committee
  • Agriculture Economics Envoy, Member
  • Agricultural Economics Class Introduction, Freshman Mentor
  • College of Agriculture Food Drive, Mentor
Scholarships
  • State 4-H Scholarship
  • Berkshire Alumni Scholarship
  • Norbert and Alice Hoeltke Ag Scholarship
  • Jim Hicks Scholarship
  • Kelly and Margaret O’Neil Scholarship
  • Dr Lawrence P Bohl Scholarship
  • Heritage Hills Foundation Scholarship
  • Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarship
  • American Red Cross Scholarship

Tripper Carter

Tripper Carter
Major(s)
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hometown
Champaign, IL
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Hospitality Tourism Management Black Tie Dinner Board, Service Director
  • Hospitality Tourism Management Career Day Board, President
  • Hospitality Tourism Management Society, Member
  • Boiler Steam: Office of Admissions, Tour Guide
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Supervisor
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Mini Marathons Committee Member and Operations Committee Member
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Public Relations Chairman
Scholarships
  • Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation

Trevor Lear

Trevor Lear
Major(s)
Mechanical Engineering
Hometown
O'Fallon, IL
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue Engineering Honors Program, Member
  • Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering, Ambassador
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Leader
  • Purdue Ski-Snowboard Club, Member
  • Purdue Christian Campus House, Bible Study Leader
  • Purdue Math Department, Tutor
  • ME 297, Teaching Assistant
  • Purdue Laboratory, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Purdue Cognition/Learning Lab, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society, Member
  • Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society, Member
  • Purdue College of Engineering, Ambassador
  • Stryker Engineering Challenge, Purdue Team Engineer
Scholarships
  • Purdue University Presidential Scholarship
  • Yellow Ribbon Award
  • Little Rock Air Force Base Spouse’s Club Scholarship
  • Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel Scholarship

Neil Schaefer

Neil Schaefer
Major(s)
Biochemistry
Hometown
Franklin, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Member
  • Interfraternity Council, President
  • Purdue Gimlet Leadership Honorary, Member
Scholarships
  • Kiwanis Club of Franklin Scholarship
  • Johnson County Community Foundation Scholarship

Luke Smedley

Luke Smedley
Major(s)
Pharmacy
Hometown
Stilesville, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • New Student Outreach Executive
  • PUDM 2014 Dancer Relations Committee Captain
  • Resident Assistant, Hillenbrand Hall
  • PHRM 820, Compounding Pharmacy Lab Teaching Assistant
  • College of Pharmacy Orientation Volunteer Executive Director
  • Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra Board Principal Clarinet
  • Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Clarinet
  • Purdue Wind Ensemble
Scholarships
  • Leath Memorial Band Scholarship
  • Hendricks Regional Health Scholarship

Daniel Sweeney

Daniel Sweeney
Major(s)
Plant Genetics
Hometown
Indianapolis, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Ag Ambassadors
  • Ag Week Task Force, Events Team
  • Agronomy Ambassador
  • Agronomy Club, Business Manager
  • Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity
  • Old Masters, Promotional Officer
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Member
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry, After-School Tutor
  • St Thomas Aquinas, Lector
  • College of Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee, Undergraduate Representative
  • Study Abroad Exchange, University of Adelaide
Scholarships
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Beck’s Hybrids Outstanding Agronomy Student Scholarship
  • Keim Family Scholarship
  • Ag Alumni Seed Corporation Scholarship
  • Rex Hall Memorial Fund Scholarship
  • Marion County Farm Bureau Scholarship
  • Purdue Club Hendricks County
  • Lawrence Ruth Love Agriculture Scholarship
  • Ozzie Luetkemeier Agronomy Scholarship
  • Big Move Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Dr B and K Maunder Scholarship ICM

EJ Williams

EJ Williams
Major(s)
Electrical Engineering
Hometown
Zionsville, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Member
  • Old Masters, Central Committee Day-Scheduling Co-Chair
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, President
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Team Supervisor
  • Electric Vehicle Club, President
  • evGrand Prix, Student Director
  • ECE 362 Microprocessor System Design & Interfacing, Teacher’s Assistant
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Morale Committee Member
  • Office of Admissions, Tour Guide
  • Purdue Sailing Club, Race Team Member
  • Delta Chi Fraternity, Technology Chair
Scholarships
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • Karl H Bollenbach Memorial Scholarship

Homecoming Week of Events

 

King and Queen Voting: Wednesday, September 17, to Friday, September 26 on BoilerLink

7 men and 7 women are selected by a panel of anonymous judges to represent Purdue on Homecoming Court. Vote on Boilerlink and support your favorite candidates! It’s easy to vote. Just go to Boilerlink, sign in, and follow the prompts. 

Monday, September 22

Kickoff Cookout—Union Front Lawn—11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

Kickoff a great Homecoming week with FREE hotdogs, crafts and games. Meet the Homecoming candidates, and watch a special performance by the Purduettes! FREE with Purdue student ID.

Wednesday, September 24

Homecoming Carnival—Memorial Mall—Time 2:30 -5:30 p.m.

This carnival will be held on the memorial mall on Wednesday afternoon.  It will have carnival games, inflatables, special guests, and carnival food.  There will also be opportunities for competing groups to gain points towards their overall Homecoming score.  The event will also serve as the drop off point for groups competing in the food drive.  

Thursday, September 25

Trivia Night—Union Commons from 8:00—10:00 p.m.

Come compete in teams of 6 people to show off your Purdue knowledge.  There will be 7 rounds with categories ranging from Purdue people to Purdue places.  Grab some friends and challenge yourselves with Purdue trivia!

Friday, September 26

Parade—Starts at 8:00 p.m. from Pierce/State Street to Mackey Arena
Celebrate with friends at the Boilermaker Night Train Parade! The parade will feature walking units, vehicles and floats made by student organizations and local businesses. The route will begin at the corner of Pierce and State Street, west on State Street, north on Martin Jischke Drive, east on Third Street before turning north on University Street and ending at Mackey Arena. The parade will highlight this year’s theme “Stay Gold” Come celebrate our university and community at the parade!

Saturday, September 27

Purdue Football vs. Iowa—Noon

Come watch as our Boilermaker football team takes on the Hawkeyes from Iowa.

If you would like to invite the Homecoming King and Queen candidates to an event please contact Leah Beauchamp at psubhomecoming@purdue.edu.

Parade Route